1st the goodies
As already said the location is simply unbeatable – in the middle of everything. Set in the old town narrow streets full of character - lots of little boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops – was pleasantly surprised to see the good oldies little UK style Bengali and Chineese corner shops open almost 24/7. The beauty of the location is that you are within 5 minutes walking distance to the Metro, 10m to the famous plaza Mayor, if you like the starting point in Madrid and many break fast outlets at your door steps. As for the Hostal itself, thanks to the friendly and very helpful brothers owners Javier, and I believe, Antonio and of course their mother for smiling whenever she saw us although we could not understand each other! – the THREE are the Hostal Gonzalo!. As you would expect a hostal is a hostal and you get for what you pay for – basic accommodation, but very clean and tidy with a TV, WIFI, and ensuite Bano and more important with air conditioning!. What else would a man need when you are traveling with 3 kids, 6 suitcases and spend almost all day touring the city!. Thanks Javier for helping us with the luggage – we arrived safely to our retreat in South Andalucia. By the way the Hostal has an 19xx lift – the kids loved it and it works!.
On the downside – as everyone mentioned it can get a bit noisy as the rooms are not sound insulated and corridors have ceramics. My family and I loved Madrid – never seen such a city with such friendly and helpful people who go out of their way to help you. 1st time in Madrid but won't be last – all that Madrid needs is horse carts!. It gets daunting for families to walk the very long and wide, albeit, beautiful boulevards!. Also the Taxis too small and couldn't fit the 5 of us!. However, Will be back to both Gonzalo and Madrid!.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostal Gonzalo is situated in a quiet street in the heart of the historical centre of Madrid, in a renovated building of the XIX century, 3 minutes walking from Prado Museum and Thyssen Gallery. Too you can reach easily by foot, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Retiro Park...Comfortable rooms with private bathroom, TV, central heating,air conditiong and free wifi access. Free access 24 hours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Gonzalo Hotel Madrid